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Five Minute Friday: Regret

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This week the writer’s prompt from Five Minute Fridays is REGRET. We have 5 minutes to write what comes to us — quickly. Little editing. Just write.

Go: Clock is ticking

This post first published on Medium.com

I will admit I hate that word — regret. It has a negative tone and I am a positive person.

As I looked through Scripture I think God feels that way too. We are told many times to look forward, not behind. We press on, not look back. Even Lot and his family were told not to look back. Lot’s wife did — and she didn’t continue on.

“But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26, NIV).”

Therefore if we aren’t to look back what should we do? Look forward of course.

Consider this passage:

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead (Philippians 3:13, NIV).

Do you hear that?

Forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead.

That’s the way our walk with Christ should be. We won’t always do the right thing.

But we will continue on the path set before us.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1, NIV).”

But how can we throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that entangles us?

And God shows us how. We know when we feel that aching in our souls when we know we are convicted of a sin. Don’t stay there. God is speaking to you. He will make you regret something and it must be cleansed immediately.

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12, NIV).”

One of my first Bible art — Bible journaling.

When we feel that conviction of our spirits we need to act.

And to act is to ask forgiveness for our sins. Don’t stay there stuck in the muck thinking about it. Do something.

A prayer of repentance is the door out of regret.

Knowing that Jesus died for our sins makes us realize that we have been forgiven and don’t need to wallow in the past. We have to let the past go. It doesn’t help us in our walk with God at all.

Jesus said: “It is finished.” He didn’t mean almost done, ready to be done or will be done.

He said, “It is done.”

Therefore are you letting regret grab hold of your life? Are you mulling around all the should haves? Well, STOP it right now. Jesus has paid the price and you are not thanking Him by thinking of the past.

Go on. Move forward.

Here is a prayer for releasing regret.

Lord Jesus, thank You for dying for my sins. I am so grateful that I can hardly understand it. You have washed away all that from my past and have wiped the slate. The tape is erased. I am new because of You, Jesus. Help me to move forward, beyond this moment of time into Your presence of light and joy. Help me be at peace because You have made the way for me to be free and live eternally with You. And today I know that there is something still I need to confess. I confess it now before you. …………………………….In Your Name, Jesus. Amen.

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Live in Constant Contact with God

Live in Constant Contact with God – Word of God Speak linkup

This week was launch week for The Kingdom of Thrim my new children’s book. In my book Yoj, a happy doll maker, learns it’s best to keep in constant contact with God and give his best where God has put him.

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If you do well, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desire to have you, but you must master it (Genesis 4:7, NIV).

As I read this passage over and over and did my SIMPLE Bible Study Method – I realized how easily we can be snared into temptation – to forget what that our God comes first. The rest of the stuff has to wait – He deserves the first fruits – the best offering we can give Him.

No matter what is happening – even when we feel there is too much going on – we need to take time and be with Jesus. He helps us carry on.

No matter the time lines
No matter the deeds
Keep close to Jesus
He’s the One you need. (Janis Cox 2016)

Sin is crouching – ready to pounce. We must be ready – we must remain with Jesus and keep a firm foundation of faith. The devil is aware of our weaknesses and will grab them to keep us away from our primary focus.

This ties in so well with last week – How to Live Well. – Be wise how you live.

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Crucified With Christ

Crucified With Christ – What does that mean? Word of God Speak Linkup

For the next weeks I will be joining Lisa Morris as she delves into studying 17 New Testament Books in 17 Weeks.  That is the link to her Facebook Group if you wish to join us. This week we are studying Galatians and particularly looking at Galatians 2:20 – I’ve Been Crucified with Christ. I love studying one verse in depth and Lisa has chosen one scripture to memorize. But I am also reading through Galatians with some of her questions in mind.

Crucified with Christ

S – Say the passage out loud: Check other versions.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20, NIV).

Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that (Galatians 2:20, The Message).

I – Interpretation – Check footnotes, references and commentaries. Find out all you can about the passage. When? Where? Why?

There were a few scriptures mentioned in my study Bible to check out.

Galatians 5:24 – crucified sinful nature
Galatians 6:14 –  only boast in the cross of Jesus
Romans 6:8-10 –  we live with Christ
Romans 7:6 – By dying… we are released from the Law, so we serve in a new way of the spirit, not in the old way of written code.

We died to sin – freed from its powers.

Galatians 1:4 – Christ gave Himself for our sins to rescue us.
1 Timothy 2:6 –  Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for many.
Titus 2:14 –  Jesus gave Himself to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His own.

M- Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

This passage is so powerful. It says the whole purpose of our Christian faith.

Being crucified, being cleansed, renewed, changed – a new person, the Spirit of Christ lives in me.

We are not only cleansed but filled with His power, His strength.
Jesus lives in me. (Tweet this)

Grasp hold of that. In my bodily weakness Jesus is strong.

Many times Jesus has pulled me through. Every summer during Vacation Bible School that I run I have been sick, but Jesus has given me strength to continue and not miss a day.

When I first heard the words, “crucified with Christ” I hated that word. I heard I’ve been crucified with Christ and I cringed. Why?

Was I afraid of giving up some of me? Did I know that if I said those words it would mean total acceptance and giving over control to Jesus?

Releasing control – could I do that? Could I say that I have been crucified with Christ and He lives in me?

Yes – I wanted to be thoroughly dead to sin. That doesn’t mean I won’t sin but it means sin has no power over me.

Through the death and resurrection of Christ the power of sin over me is DEAD. I am cleansed in Him.

The old “me” is gone. The “I” no longer lives. Instead Christ lives in me. I live by faith in Jesus. (tweet this)

And that makes all the difference.

P- Pray for God’s Guidance This is a silent time of prayer, listening to God Speak. When you have finished writing all your thoughts, questions and ideas then take time for prayer.

L- Life Application – Write down what you heard God speak (no matter how different from your own thoughts previously).

I felt a complete surrender as I prayed this morning. It was like being accepted all over again. It was giving up anything hindering my relationship with Jesus. I wrote this poem to remember this time.

I’ve Been Crucified with Christ

Surrounded by His Spirit
Enveloped by His Love
He dwells deep inside me
Guides me
Inspires me
Heals me

I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave His life for me.

Here is Robin Mark singing, I Have Been Crucified With Christ.

 

E- Exit with a prayer of confirmation, forgiveness, praise or acceptance.

Father I am so glad you rescued me and brought me into Your family. I thank You that through the death of Christ I too have been crucified and brought into the Kingdom. May You continue to guide me and give me inspiration to learn more and more about You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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CLEAN UP TIME

Cleanup Time

by Patricia Day

Dirty SHower Stall

What Can Wash Away my Sin?

Psalm 51:10 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (NKJV).

Whenever I check my e-mail, I see that there are numerous messages of indeterminate nature in the junk box!

No matter how often I sweep them away or block them, there are still more to replace them the next time I look. Even the titles of some of these messages make my skin crawl, and I wish I could completely block them from coming into my box. But my security settings are already at the highest level, so the system is obviously inadequate to deal with the influx of mindless garbage that still manages to filter through.

Junk mail reminds me of sin. Tweet this.

It can be insidious and it respects no boundaries.  It can be difficult to eliminate from our lives. It manifests itself in words, thoughts and actions, as well as distractions of all kinds.  It can seep into our lives despite our efforts to block it.

The best and most effective way to clean up sin is to call upon God — to give the problem to Him and trust Him for all we’re worth. When we receive Jesus into our lives, He gives us His Holy Spirit, who equips us for the lifelong battle of discerning good from bad and right from wrong, often in ways that we would not have recognized or been willing to utilize before that.

God’s intervention is the only way
to clean up our lives totally.
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Giving control of everything to Him on a daily basis causes our words, thoughts, and actions to change — they are cleaned up and made acceptable. The junk will not vanish from our lives, but we’ll find that we become better equipped and more adept in our efforts to recognize it and seek God’s forgiveness and power to change.

Isaiah 1:16-17 – “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow” (NKJV).

In other words, we are called to stop doing wrong, however insignificant it might seem! God sees and knows all our rights and wrongs!

Cleanup time demands our attention.

Prayer:

Father, there are so many lurid distractions around us. So many people spend their lives sending out these messages, attempting to trap innocent and naive minds with their seemingly captivating baits. Help us to be guided in Your ways by Your Word. Each time sin pops up, enable us to block it from our lives, keeping our minds, bodies, and spirits pure and unpolluted from the refuse and gossip of the Internet and the world! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally.  She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married.  Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.

Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.

Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication.  Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.

ARE YOU CROSSING THE LINE?

Are You Crossing the Line?

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by Patricia Day 

The term ‘crossing the line’ means:

to cross boundaries; to disrespect another’s rights or privacy; to give in to temptation and break rules or laws that are put in place to direct one, in society.

Recently, on a journey, I encountered serious snow squalls.  The line showing the centre division on the road was invisible, so proceeding carefully, I hoped I would stay on the road.

Imagine my horror when I saw cars coming directly at me.  Head on.  I had inadvertently crossed the dividing line and was no longer on my side of the road.  Crossing the line put me at considerable risk. It had been so easy to do, but for my own and everyone else’s safety, I needed return to my rightful place.  I found that retracing my ‘steps’, to get back on track, were much harder to accomplish but little by little I found my rightful place.  I got back onto the right side of the centre line; back to relative safety.

“if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins”  (James 5:19, NKJV).

Crossing ethical, legal or moral lines can also
thrust us into dangerous territory. Tweet this.

It is called sin.  It can be very easy to lose direction in life, but so much harder to recover.

Anguish grows in your heart with each rejection encountered: with each wrong choice.

You have crossed the line of what is right, and must take control or you will quickly  succumb to more temptation. Tweet this.

To seek professional help can be a good place to start.  To give your life to God through Jesus, can be a life-saver.

” Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word.  Open my eyes that I might see wondrous things from Your law.  I am a stranger in the earth; do not hide Your commandments from me.  My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times, You rebuke the proud-the cursed, who stray from Your commandments”  (Psalm 119:17-21, NKJV).

Prayer:

Abba, we can so easily lose our way in life.  Please help us to stay on track as we respect the boundaries put in place, for our wellbeing and for the rights of others.  Amen.

Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally.  She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married.  Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.

Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.

Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication.  Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.

INTO HIS PRESENCE WITH LOVE

Into His Presence with Love

by Mary Haskett

Thoughts of my church’s past Easter services keep popping into my mind, hymns and songs of praise and worship.

On Good Friday our pastor reminded us that it truly was a good Friday. He pointed out God’s goodness in sending His son to die for us, and the goodness of the Son to obey the Father.

Then came Easter Sunday morning; our pastor’s wife led us in worship. Among other songs we sang that most beautiful and thought provoking song, “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us” written by Stuart Townsend with co-writer Keith Getty. This song is so moving. Tears ran down my face when we sung:

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns his face away
As wounds which mar the chosen one
Bring many sons to glory.

Behold the Man upon a cross
My guilt upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no powers, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

When we’d finished singing, our pastor’s wife reminded us of a worship leader who had once suggested we change one line in the song. Rather than singing, “It was my sin that held Him there,” we sang, “It was His love that held Him there.”

His love—what a thought! Let us enter into His presence thanking Him for his love, and let us express our love to Him?

Prayer:

Lord today I come into your presence with a heart full of love and gratitude for You. I love you for all you’ve done for me. I love you for listening to my prayers, for working things out for my good, for taking care of every aspect of my life. Lord I love  you and I thank you.

Mary Haskett

Mary is a writer and speaker. Since becoming a Christian she has served as Director of Women’s ministries, Singles Fellowship, counseling and prayer.

She is a member of The The Word Guild. and Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. Mary is the founder of Ready Writers, London

Her book Reverend Mother’s Daughter was a finalist in the 2008 Word Guild of Canada Awards and won an IPPY award in the states. Her second book Because We Prayed was released last year.  She has had many articles published and  has been a regular contributor to the community publication Christian Life in London. You can visit her on her website.

GRIT – Five Minute Fridays

I haven’t written in a while. Today I read the Gypsy Mama’s post called Grit. On Fridays she encourages us to write for 5 minutes so I thought, “Why not?” So here is my post on “Grit”.

Here are the rules:

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write like we believe we can fly. Won’t you join us? (<—Tweet this!)

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

So here I go:

Grit

In the desert there is always grit or dust. On my back porch when I wash the chairs it is black. Before we had good windows the dust was everywhere. My little white dog turns black and needs to be bathed more often. Our shoes, our hair and our clothes pick up the dust. Dust that you don’t see – just when you wash it out.

I think that is like sin – it is everywhere, each and every day. Little things that we do – that are sinful – in our thoughts and sometimes in our words and deeds. We can’t always recognize it as sin but it is there just like the Arizona dust.

We need to clean out the sin the same way as I bathe our pooch. We need to scrub ourselves clean at the cross; ask forgiveness for those sins – and those ones of omission, which we can easily miss.

Now as I see the dust and wash it out it will remind me that sin is the same way. Ever present but capable of being washed clean.

A REASON TO PRAY

A Reason to Pray

by Staci Stallings

Recently I was reading Nancy Stafford’s Beauty by the Book. She pointed out something I hadn’t thought of. Words associated with Christ often start with the prefix re- as in renew, refresh, restore, resurrection. Words associated with Satan, however, often start with either de- or dis- Destroy, discourage, disappoint, despair, depression. Re- means to bring back to the original state. Even though as a root word de means “of” as in desire—of the Father; as a prefix de- or dis- means away from, down, or separation or negation, which pretty much describes Satan.

Of course you know this to be true in your own experience. When you’re with Christ, you feel a sense of rebirth and rejuvenation of your soul. When you’re hanging with the devil, there’s a lot of disease, disappointment, disillusionment, distrust, and despair. You know the signs when the devil is working on you. Now you can let that disempower you—as he is trying to do. In fact, Ms. Stafford sums up Satan’s agenda in one very powerful sentence. “His sole purpose is to isolate and destroy us, either emotionally or physically.” That’s about as succinct a goal statement for Satan as I’ve ever read. Isolate and destroy. And I’m quite sure you know how that feels.

So, like I said, you can use the knowledge that Satan is working to destroy you as a reason to give up, quit, surrender, and let him take you down. Or, you can recognize what’s going on and use it as a reminder to fight back.

Now you and I both know that Satan is a wily little booger who will use our greatest weaknesses to crack us in two—or several hundred—pieces. We also know that on our own fighting him, we are sunk. That’s why at some point in the past we accepted Christ’s work on the cross on our behalf so that Satan no longer can lay claim to our lives.

Great and good.

But what about when it feels like Satan is winning in the here and now? What about when he uses those bills we haven’t paid to tell us that we are worthless dust, unworthy of God’s love much less His help?

What about when Satan throws our past sins up in our face? “Yeah, you think you are so holy, but what about when you…?” From personal experience, he’s good at this. He knows what we most fear. He knows what angers we harbor deep inside. He knows what we haven’t forgiven, and he uses these things to eat away at us, pecking at us like chickens do a sick chicken until it dies.

Finally, after many years of searching, I have found a weapon that combats Satan right where he’s working. It’s effective. It’s easy. And best of all, it gets quick results.

It’s remembering this phrase, “This is a reason to pray.”

Staci’s post will continue on Wednesday, August 21st. Keep watching and see how “Satan cannot be where God is.”

A SPECIFIC PRAYER

A Specific Prayer

by Jan Cox

Sin – how do we get rid of it? When can we say we are truly His, filled with the Holy Spirit and walking with Him?

Oswald Chambers in April 10th’s reading says:

“It takes a long time to come to a moral decision about sin, but it is the great moment in my life when I do decide that just as Jesus Christ died for the sin of the world, so sin must die out in me, not be curbed or suppressed or counteracted, but crucified.”

He says that sin doesn’t need to be curbed or suppressed or counteracted but CRUCIFIED.

Wow that is powerful – my sin needs to be killed, finished, buried and dead.

How can I do that? The answer is that I can’t, only God can. And the way He can work this is through prayer. James states:

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16 NIVUK).

Then conversely, a sinful man needs prayer to be righteous – agreed?

Oswald Chambers continues:

“Haul yourself up, take a time alone with God, make the moral decision and say – “Lord, identify me with Thy death until I know that sin is dead in me.” Make the moral decision that sin in you must be put to death.”

It seems to me that in order to be perfect before God (righteous) I need to ask God to show me any sin still lurking in me, then after I see it, ask forgiveness – then ask for it to be killed, crucified. I like Oswald’s words – haul yourself up, take a time alone with God. This is not something that can be a breath prayer but instead a thoughtful, gut wrenching time, alone with God.

This week on my other blog A Better Way, Kristen Welch of (in)courage talked about her husband going up on the roof (figuratively or literally). I knew what she meant. I reviewed my relationship with my husband. Was I nagging him about his weight? Was I nagging him about what he did? Did he want to escape from me? This week I have brought that sin which was lurking inside me and put it before Jesus – I asked – “crucify this habit of mine – cleanse me and make me free and righteous before you”.

The rest of this week has been delightful for both my husband and myself. The desire I have for control is in so many areas that I have to keep going back to Jesus – asking for Him to reveal each sin to me so I can request its final burial. Thank you Lord for giving me this way to be righteous before You.

The song that I like is sung by Robin Mark and called I have been Crucified with Christ.

It can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoZWRfXdh4w

Or watched below:

My Gratitude List for this week:

56. Sweet rainfall that cleanses the desert
57. Friends over for dinner
58. Palm trees
59. A husband who works beside me cleaning our home
60. Poolside conversations
61. Sensitivity to the Spirit
62. First cactus blooms in the desert

Prayer:

Lord I still seem to find underlying sins. Help me to see them, acknowledge that they are sin and haul myself to You so I can be cleansed. Thank You for this wonderful means of communication. In the name of Jesus, I pray. AMEN.